Paul Fisher and his family just moved up in the world -- into a gated community in Tangerine, Florida. They moved mostly for his older brother, who Paul's father is convinced will win a football scholarship. Paul plays soccer and is excellent at it, despite his bad peripheral vision (due to a childhood accident). When his mom, hoping to get him the best possible education, signs and Individual Education Plan for him, she doesn't realize that it will exclude him from playing soccer. Paul is unhappy until it rains for a week straight and a sinkhole opens up and eats several of the portable classrooms in his school, forcing the school to allow kids to transfer to Tangerine Middle School. Paul transfers and makes sure that the IEP gets lost on the way. Tangerine Middle school is filled with largely Hispanic students from working class families. Paul need to find a way to fit in and make the team. Along the way he learns some interesting things about the gated community and his brother. This is an exciting book full of twists and turns and plenty of interesting themes to talk about. Even though it is about a middle school kid, I read it to high school seniors for about five years and they loved it.
Lin, Grace (2009) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon New York: Scholastic.